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Want to learn more about China first-hand, from reporters on the ground? In every episode, we take a deep-dive into a specific topic, mixing independent reporting and exclusive interviews to bring you unique insights into an emerging potential superpower. Now, we’re featuring regular updates on the coronavirus pandemic from across the country. Brought to you by the South China Morning Post.
 
The South China Morning Post political economy team analyse the latest economic data from China, delve deep into the ongoing US-China trade and tech war, and examine China's changing economic relationship with Europe, Africa and the Indo-Pacific. Hear deep background on Beijing's political machinations and how they affect policy and its global diplomacy.
 
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Eat Drink Asia is an award-winning podcast by the South China Morning Post that deep dives into the forgotten history of some of Asia's most popular dishes that have gone global. Discover the human story behind some of Asia's most loved foods, drinks and condiments with SCMP journalists, as they speak with chefs, restaurateurs and food experts from across the region.
 
Operations Santa Claus 2014(OSC) has been galvanizing the Hong Kong community to embrace the true charitable spirit of Christmas for the past 26 years. Jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong, OSC has received a total donation of HK$211 million to 194 charities, sharing the gift of hope and goodwill to those who lack the means to improve their lives.
 
The Innovate for Growth Podcast is a show where Tracy Tsang, Founder and CEO of Internet of Stories, meets world class artists, IP creators, mission driven creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders in growth and innovation to chat about their life journeys, creative processes, and wisdom gained from building ventures out of doing what they love.Our goal is to empower creators and mission driven entrepreneurs to develop in a holistic way, create scalable positive social impact, while enablin ...
 
For the past 30 years, Operation Santa Claus has received heartwarming support from hundreds of thousands of supporters. Your help has enabled us to financially support many not-for-profit organisations that serve the less fortunate in Hong Kong. This Christmas, we invite you to join us again to bring hope & joy to those in need. This year, Operation Santa Claus is helping 14 local charities with projects that will improve the quality of life for children, youth, the elderly, and those in ne ...
 
For the past 30 years, Operation Santa Claus has received heartwarming support from hundreds of thousands of supporters. Your help has enabled us to financially support many not-for-profit organisations that serve the less fortunate in Hong Kong. This Christmas, we invite you to join us again to bring hope & joy to those in need. This year, Operation Santa Claus is helping 14 local charities with projects that will improve the quality of life for children, youth, the elderly, and those in ne ...
 
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China has passed a family education law that requires parents and guardians to reduce the “twin pressures” of homework and private tutoring on children.They will also have to prevent their children from becoming addicted to video games, according to the state news agency Xinhua.The legislation, passed by the National People’s Congress Standing Comm…
 
Even as an exodus of Hong Kong’s expat community continues, driven in part by the harsh Covid-19 quarantine rules and also political concerns, French national Marc says he is staying put.The 21-day isolation period which he served in January after returning from France was a “burden”, he said, but Hong Kong remained attractive. He moved to the city…
 
Trade ministers from the Group of Seven industrialised nations have agreed to eliminate forced labour and shared their concern over such state-sponsored practice on minorities, in a veiled criticism of China’s treatment of Muslim Uygurs in its far-western Xinjiang region.“We affirm that there is no place for forced labour in the rules-based multila…
 
There are signs that China could be developing a new type of helicopter for its aircraft carriers, with the publication of research by a group of Chinese engineers on an algorithm for safer aircraft landing procedures, analysts said.The engineers are from three mainland-based universities specialising in naval build-up, shipbuilding and aviation, a…
 
The staff of the Food and Drug Administration said the benefits of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for young children likely outweigh its risks, ahead of a meeting next week where experts will weigh whether the shot should be cleared for use.According to the staff report, which was posted on the FDA website late Friday, the vaccine’s capacit…
 
Even as an exodus of Hong Kong’s expat community continues, driven in part by the harsh Covid-19 quarantine rules and also political concerns, French national Marc says he is staying put.The 21-day isolation period which he served in January after returning from France was a “burden”, he said, but Hong Kong remained attractive. He moved to the city…
 
North Korea on Saturday lambasted US President Joe Biden’s recent commitment to defend Taiwan if it is attacked by China, saying Washington has been attempting to stifle socialist countries.In a statement dated Friday, Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-ho also emphasised that the situation surrounding the Taiwan Strait “is in correlation with the sit…
 
North Korea on Saturday lambasted US President Joe Biden’s recent commitment to defend Taiwan if it is attacked by China, saying Washington has been attempting to stifle socialist countries.In a statement dated Friday, Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-ho also emphasised that the situation surrounding the Taiwan Strait “is in correlation with the sit…
 
Airlines in Asia are bringing back international capacity as the region gradually follows North America and Europe in reopening borders, led by Singapore, whose economy depends on open access.By January, Singapore is poised to reach 84 per cent of the weekly flights to Europe as it had in March last year, before the clampdown on travel. And there’l…
 
Airlines in Asia are bringing back international capacity as the region gradually follows North America and Europe in reopening borders, led by Singapore, whose economy depends on open access.By January, Singapore is poised to reach 84 per cent of the weekly flights to Europe as it had in March last year, before the clampdown on travel. And there’l…
 
Hong Kong is interested in adopting a European Union digital application that shows users’ Covid-19 records, a move that will make travel more convenient when its borders reopen, according to a top EU official in the city.The Digital Covid Certificate, already issued to 591 million people and recognised by 43 countries including the 27 EU member st…
 
China’s official lawyers’ association has introduced new guidelines that ban lawyers from “hyping up cases” online or in the media in the latest move to tighten control over the legal profession.The ethical guidelines issued by the All-China Lawyers Association this week came into force with immediate effect, initially on a provisional basis.The Co…
 
Helen Fan Lok-yi was intrigued when she came across old pictures of Hong Kong children clambering over brightly coloured abstract sculptures.The art curator and designer, 36, grew up in the city and was used to playgrounds that appeared identical everywhere, with their standard set of slides, swings and climbing frames.She had never come across pla…
 
When Moon Jae-in gave his first address as the president of South Korea, he promised not to rest until he had secured a permanent peace between the divided Koreas.“I will fly to Washington, Beijing and Tokyo, if needed, and I will also go to Pyongyang, if conditions are met,” Moon said during his 2017 inaugural speech. “I will do everything in my p…
 
When Moon Jae-in gave his first address as the president of South Korea, he promised not to rest until he had secured a permanent peace between the divided Koreas.“I will fly to Washington, Beijing and Tokyo, if needed, and I will also go to Pyongyang, if conditions are met,” Moon said during his 2017 inaugural speech. “I will do everything in my p…
 
The small live chicken, offered as a lure to get the crocodile to come out of the lake, barely convinced the massive male reptile to the water’s edge. The croc, himself the lure for the sprinkling of visitors who had come 20 miles (32km) from the capital, Ouagadougou, to pose with the beings held sacred by locals, seemed uninterested in tourists an…
 
US officials scrambled on Friday to clarify that Washington’s policy toward Taiwan had not changed, after an apparent gaffe by US President Joe Biden Thursday night when he said on CNN that the United States would come to the island’s defence in the event of an attack by China.“There is no change in our policy,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psak…
 
US intelligence officials issued a warning to American technology firms against working with China in five crucial areas.Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, bioscience, semiconductors, and autonomous systems are sectors “where the stakes are potentially greatest for US economic and national security”, the National Counterintelligence and Se…
 
The US government’s decision to issue US$100 billion worth of export permits to suppliers of Huawei Technologies Co and China’s top chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) – both on the US trade blacklist – shows how difficult it is for the world’s two largest economies to decouple, analysts said.From November 2020 t…
 
People seeking legal aid in Hong Kong will no longer be able to choose their criminal lawyers and attorneys will be limited to taking on fewer judicial challenges under proposed changes that some critics fear will leave protesters and other government critics at a disadvantage.The moves echoed calls by the city’s pro-establishment camp which had ac…
 
Hong Kong’s election watchdog has urged the government to streamline procedures, deploy experienced staff and improve in “areas of incompetence”, as it completed its investigation into the vote count delay of a recent major poll.The Election Committee race on September 19, the first poll under a Beijing-decreed overhaul of the political system, had…
 
China has ramped up its electricity imports from North Korea, Russia and Myanmar amid its worst power shortage in decades, customs data shows, although the increases do not offer an immediate solution to the nationwide crisis.Imports from North Korea increased by 62 per cent to 35,974 megawatt-hours (MWh) in September compared with the same period …
 
China has ramped up its electricity imports from North Korea, Russia and Myanmar amid its worst power shortage in decades, customs data shows, although the increases do not offer an immediate solution to the nationwide crisis.Imports from North Korea increased by 62 per cent to 35,974 megawatt-hours (MWh) in September compared with the same period …
 
Energy, food security and conservation were on the agenda as President Xi Jinping visited Shandong province in eastern China this week, according to state media.Xi inspected conservation efforts in the Yellow River estuary in Dongying on Wednesday before touring a demonstration area for hi-tech agriculture, a residential community, and China’s seco…
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s proposal for France and Germany to join a “quad” to develop Africa may not work, scholars have said.But German and French companies will always find ways of working with those from China in Africa even without the backing of their governments, they added.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced Int…
 
China has warned Slovakia and the Czech Republic that nobody should harbour any illusions about the “necessary measures” Beijing will take to defend its sovereignty, ahead of a visit to both European countries by Taiwan’s foreign minister.Beijing claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and is always angered by visits of senior Taiwanese offic…
 
Americans may have misinterpreted a phrase used by officials in China as celebrating the United States’ decline, a prominent Chinese scholar has said.“The East is rising and the West is declining” has gained traction in China since the emergence of the coronavirus nearly two years ago, becoming a catchphrase for government officials and state-contr…
 
Residents in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang are still waiting to hear when they can return home after a deadly gas explosion that killed at least four people.The blast at a mixed-use residential building near the centre of the Liaoning provincial capital on Thursday morning shattered windows and blew away walls and doors, leaving several…
 
SCMP’s Tokyo-based correspondent Julian Ryall analyses China and Russia exploiting a loophole to send a navy group on a historic passage between Japan’s main island of Honshu and northern island of Hokkaido. How will this play in upcoming Japanese elections and what has been the reaction from new Prime Minister Fumio Kisihida? Former Australian PM …
 
Gunmen killed seven people and wounded at least 20 in an assault on Friday in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, police and a doctor said, an attack that heightens tensions after the recent shooting of a prominent community leader.The attackers shot and stabbed people attending an Islamic school in the camp, a regional police chief said.Four pe…
 
A quarantine-free travel bubble between Singapore and Australia could be established “within the next week”, said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday.The arrangement will first be focused on allowing vaccinated students and business travellers to travel freely between the two countries, before opening up to tourists, reported The Syd…
 
Many small business owners in South Korea recognise themselves in the cash-strapped characters of the wildly popular Netflix drama Squid Game , who vie desperately for a chance to win US$38 million, exposing a debt trap that is all too familiar.Nearing retirement at 58, Yu Hee-sook paid off her debts long ago, but still gets calls from collection a…
 
Survivors and descendants of those killed in Indonesia’s anti-communist purge of 1965-1966 are urging Western countries to apologise for their roles in what the CIA has itself described as “one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century”.The spotlight on the West’s role in the state-backed genocide, which claimed the lives of at least hundreds o…
 
An acute shortage of coal, the Goliath of India’s energy mix, has forced industries to either pare back production or use expensive imported fuel, as supplies are prioritised for electricity providers servicing households.The situation could undermine the country’s economic rebound from the devastating pandemic that plunged the country into a deep …
 
South Korea on Thursday successfully launched its first domestically developed space rocket, marking a great leap forward for the country’s space programme as Seoul sets its sights on 6G networks and spy satellites.However, the three-stage Nuri rocket, emblazoned with the Korean national flag, did not succeed in putting a 1.5-tonne dummy satellite …
 
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) should rethink its decades-long policy of non-interference in the affairs of member states, amid a worsening human rights crisis in Myanmar, Malaysia’s top diplomat said on Thursday.The 10-member bloc last Friday made an unprecedented move to exclude the leader of Myanmar’s junta from an upcoming r…
 
Indonesia is now overwhelmingly China’s biggest overseas supplier of coal, with shipments hitting a record last month after Beijing loosened curbs on imports to tackle its power crisis. Cargoes of coking, thermal and brown coal from the Southeast Asian nation surpassed 21 million tonnes in September, from just over 17 million tonnes in August, and …
 
The wedding of Japan’s Princess Mako has been blindsided by yet another crisis just days before she is controversially due to marry commoner Kei Komuro, with her maternal grandfather experiencing a medical emergency and admitted to a hospital in Tokyo.Social media has been awash with theories that 81-year-old Tatsuhiko Kawashima, the father of Prin…
 
US ambassador to Japan nominee Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday vowed to enhance bilateral ties as China seeks to “conquer through division,” while welcoming a potential increase in Tokyo’s defence spending.Calling the bilateral partnership the “cornerstone of peace and prosperity in a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Emanuel, who served as a top aide to form…
 
Millions in Melbourne are readying to come out of the world’s longest Covid-19 lockdown on Thursday night after Victoria state hit a key vaccination target, with pubs, restaurants and cafes racing to reopen their doors to fully vaccinated customers.Melbourne’s residents have been enduring their sixth pandemic lockdown since early August to quell an…
 
Is monetary policy tightening on the cards in Asia?That’s the big question in the market this week amid signals that central bankers in the West may scale back their ultra-easy monetary policies sooner than expected to calm anxieties over inflation.Soaring prices have haunted investors in the West for much of the year, with concerns heightening in …
 
A prominent Malaysian transgender entrepreneur accused of insulting Islam in the Muslim majority country said on Wednesday she was “safe, happy and free” in Australia.Nur Sajat, a millionaire who runs a cosmetics business, said officials promised to help her settle in the country.“Australia chose me … due to my case. So I did not apply [for asylum]…
 
Singapore officials said on Wednesday that tighter social gathering measures first put in place in late September would be extended for four weeks, as the country’s health-care system comes under strain from rising Covid-19 hospitalisations despite a high national vaccination rate.The measures – which limit dining in and all social gatherings to gr…
 
Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Wednesday said he expected more Chinese vessels to enter the country’s waters “for as long as” the state-owned Petronas oil and gas company develops a gas field in Malaysia’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.He also said Malaysia’s current relationship with China was “very difficult to …
 
The Philippine government’s review of dozens of deadly drug war operations has cast doubt on police claims they acted in “self-defence”, a top official said on Wednesday.Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra announced this month that around 154 officers had been identified for “possible criminal liability” over police operations carried out during Pre…
 
US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman appealed to North Korea for negotiations “without preconditions” on Tuesday while condemning the country’s most recent missile test.“We have reached out directly to Pyongyang and stand ready to meet without preconditions, and as we have said publicly on multiple occasions, the United States does not harbou…
 
North Korea announced on Wednesday that it had tested a newly developed missile designed to be launched from a submarine, the first such weapons test in two years and one it says will bolster its military’s underwater operational capability – potentially slashing the time before US and allied forces in the region would need to be concerned about nu…
 
Cho Mi-hak, 66, wanted to know how her son’s job was going, so she stole a glimpse at his mobile phone and the text messages he had been exchanging with friends and colleagues.Her son needn’t have worried about his privacy, however, as she could barely understand a word.“Gosh, I couldn’t wrap my head around some of the messages as they were laden w…
 
Myanmar’s military government has freed hundreds of political prisoners from the notorious Insein prison, including Aung San Suu Kyi’s party spokesman and a famous comedian Zarganar, local media reported.Minutes after military ruler Min Aung Hlaing’s speech on Monday, state television announced more than 5,600 people arrested or wanted over their r…
 
Australian tea company owner Lisa Song had been planning to launch tea blends and infusers for the first time in China last year, but despite being armed with a business plan and a distribution channel, she decided that a delay was inevitable.Her company, Golden Wattle Tea, which she founded in 2015, specialises in herbal teas made with natural bot…
 
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